The night her husband came home intoxicated and began both arguing with her and physically abusing their one-month-old son, Murat knew she needed to get help. Fearing for their safety, she approached a local group for assistance: a task force that had been established through a PWS&D-supported project in Bihar, India.

With the help of the local task force group, Murat and her baby were able to get to safety.

The task force works to empower community members, help peacefully address family or village conflicts, and advocate for government services that often don’t reach India’s most vulnerable and remote villages.

Murat was appreciative of the task force’s quick actions. They intervened right away by contacting local police officers who arrested her husband, and brought Murat and her baby to safety.

Since that night, Murat has attended training sessions through the project where she has learned how to handle potential crises and stand up for her rights. While there is still healing that needs to take place, Murat and her son have been welcomed and supported by her family after their difficult ordeal.

Making a Meaningful Impact

In 2020, PWS&D completed the final year of a three-year project in Bihar, India. With our local partner, the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI), the project assisted the Duncan Hospital’s outreach programs to empower poor people living in rural areas—especially women and girls—to improve maternal and child health. Results from this project include increased antenatal visits by expectant mothers and more children receiving vaccinations.

Recognizing that good maternal and child health includes more than just medical care, the project helped create task forces to combat domestic violence, like the one that supported Murat. The Duncan Hospital also offered workshops to teach husbands and mothers-in-law about how important it was to support their spouses or daughters-in-law, respectively.

Additionally, communities have learned about the detrimental effects of early marriage. Young girls  have been empowered to combat the practice, resulting in decreased child marriages in the villages.

A just and compassionate world provides opportunities for women and young girls like Murat to build bright futures for themselves. Programs that enable women to break cycles of poverty and abuse contribute toward that goal.

*PWS&D continues to work in Bihar, India, with the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI)—a new phase of the project will begin shortly.